Archive for the ‘mashup’ Category
I’d gotten access to Geckoboard halfway through January, I was happy to play with it for Snypher and see what the results were. Naturally I am getting all this data somewhere else, and to get this in a sleek interface makes a difference. I did immediately have the feeling that it would be even better with an LCARS Star Trek like interface.
For the future I would be happy to see a statistics module for social media, perhaps with a DataSift hookup.
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As I didn’t know what it was about, so I looked it up on TechCrunch‘s CrunchBase – blekko – and found out that it is a search engine. And the first thing I do with a search engine is much the same I do with a new dictionary or encyclopedia – although I’m usually not listed in a dictionary – I look up myself, or in this case my blog.
You’ll notice the SEO tag below the title, I noticed it to and clicked and got wonderful distribution graphs. There is a breakdown a click away, where I would need to check in a number of sites by different vendors to be able to discover similar information about a different site, I get it here as a part of my search result.
UPDATE: I received another invite to share.
Why don’t website designers simplify web forms?
Another thing is the web designers who define what I can put in certain fields. Honestly is it so difficult to check the definition of allowable characters for such things as mail addresses (rfc822) or creditcard numbers and either disallow based on malformed addresses or as is the case with phonenumbers or creditcard numbers remove characters that shouldn’t be in there. And yes a + is valid in a phonenumber when indicating international access code. In the worst case a simple search and replace s/^+/00/ is perfectly acceptable. Postalcodes (Zip) are another thing, a zip such as W12 8N5 or 1011 XD including the space. International post directives even allow for the prepenting of a countrycode to the zip, making the Netherlands zip NL1011XD perfectly valid.
And autodetection of location is so wide spread that I shouldn’t need to fill in which county I am from, if it detects the language for the country I am in on the front page – which I hate – why do I need to say that I am not in the US, but in a different country. You’ve internationalized the form, but still need me to modify the country field. Why? And why not allow the browser settings to override the language. I’ve configured my preferred languages in my browser and waste at least 15 bytes giving the website this information for everything I request.
Lastly security questions, what makes it a good idea to require me to fill in a strong password when you cripple the security with mandatory security questions. My mother’s maiden name which you can find within seconds on the Internet. Or my pet’s name which I’m sure is in my blog somewhere. The city in which I was born is the city I live in. Furthermore I know my passwords, if I don’t know my password it will be because the requirement for strength was so high and restricted so many characters that I had to use a password that wasn’t in my standard list of over 100 medium strong to very strong passwords. And honestly what’s wrong with certificates or OpenID as a source for identity? Do I really need to even push page down to reveal my browser’s history for that field? I can have it send over from a verified source. You don’t even need to check that it’s me, somebody else has done it already. Sometimes ever up to the point of truly checking my identity such as can be done with Verisign.
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I found a nice Mash-Up which scraps news sites and populates a Google Map with the data gathered from these articles. Sadly they don’t populate it too well, where the article says The Hague they just have a pointer in the centre of the country. It’s very nice for a beta.
I mentioned Gnip before, and this afternoon I was browsing the API definition and wanted to see if I could add my own publisher.
First I wanted to see how the messages are polled, so I crafted a
wget command to retrieve some example data:
wget -nv --http-user="*username*" --http-passwd="*password*"